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Simple repairs may certainly be worth the cost, but repairs that will be priced close to the value of a vehicle should be avoided. Here are a few car issues that may be too expensive to fix and may be better to sell your car:

Engine Replacement

Although engine issues are fairly common, when an engine has incurred enough damage to require replacement, the repair is likely too expensive to pursue. Blown engine may need to be replaced due to damaged valves or rod issues. Some of these problems may result from a vehicle becoming overheated for a prolonged period or having too little oil available for effective lubrication. Once engine damage occurs, the cost to replace the engine will likely range from $1,000 to $4,000. In some cases, it may be as high as $7,000.

If your car is already a bit older, replacing the engine may cost more than the value of your vehicle. When considering an engine replacement, it's also wise to review the number of miles that the car has accumulated. A higher odometer reading typically results in a lower resale value. Thus, a car may be worth even less than you may think it is.

Cylinder Head Gasket Repairs

How much is a head gasket? A blown head gasket cost of repair is generally quite expensive due to the amount of labor involved. Head gasket problems usually stem from issues with overheating, timing or manufacturer problems.
Once a head gasket is blown, it wreaks havoc within the engine. Coolant fluid may leak into engine compartments, and the engine may become extremely hot, causing damage to other engine components, such as valves. However, even if only the head gasket is affected, you can expect the repair’s cost to range between $1,200 and $1,600.

Transmission Failure

Transmission failure usually occurs after a few telltale signs, such as your car’s hesitation to move into gear, delays in acceleration and failure to move in a reverse or forward direction. Often, a transmission failure can be caused by issues with improper levels of transmission fluid. Although transmission fluid usually only needs to be changed every couple of years, it should still be checked regularly.
Once a transmission fails, a car owner can expect to pay up to $3,500 to have it replaced. If a transmission repair is an option, you can still expect to pay up to $2,000. Whether a repair or replacement is selected, the service may still simply not be worth the cost, especially if other areas of your vehicle are also failing.

Air Conditioner Compressor

Air conditioning repairs can also be quite pricey. Once the compressor of an automotive air conditioner starts to break down or malfunction, its replacement may cost up to $600. This may not seem too expensive. However, the compressor replacement may not be a standalone repair. Additional services, such as the addition of refrigerant may be needed, which can drive your costs much higher.

Broken Timing Belt

A timing belt that snaps while your car is running can damage rods, pistons and valves within the car’s engine. The crankshaft of the vehicle may even be affected. Replacing the damage caused by a timing belt can often cost up to $3,000 and requires extensive labor.

If you are having issues with your car, be sure to consider the price of the repair before having the vehicle fixed. In some instances, it may be best to replace your current automobile with a new car.

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